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Then Have the Courage to Fail Big and Stick Around

Posted by Leanna Hicks '16

January 22, 2013

Category: Student Blogs


hicks.jpg*Now back to your original programming* And we're back Catawba! Yes I understand we've been back for about two weeks, but just go with it. While I thoroughly enjoyed my break, I was ready to return to school. Now I fully understand that some of you may have thought the break was too short and some may have thought it was too long.

Either way, you have to admit it's great to be back in the swing of things! As I'm writing this, I'm imagining some of you reading this saying, "Dang what a dork!" and I'm okay with that. Coming back I knew I had a fairly busy schedule but nothing I couldn't handle. Well I'm going to be honest with y'all, this past week was a little difficult at times. You know those weeks that are just ... sucky? The rain certainly did not help and I know most of you will agree with me on that statement. It was one of those weeks where I just wanted, no needed, to breathe and relax ... I know, it's only the second week what the heck is this? I have no idea, but one night I decided to sit down and watch a movie with my best friend.

The movie we chose is Elizabethtown. I don't know if y'all know this movie but if you haven't seen it SEE IT. I won't lie, there are times that might make you grab a tissue or two ... or three or four, don't judge me...but it's also a movie that leaves you with a new way to look at life. The movie tells the story of Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) who has caused the shoe company he works for to lose out of almost one billion dollars with his own shoe design. As he feels the wait of his failure on his shoulders he decides he's going to commit suicide, when right as he is about to he gets a phone call saying his father has just died of a heart attack in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He goes to bring his father back to Oregon where his family resides and while on the airplane to Elizabethtown he meets a spunky but very wise flight attendant named Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst) who changes his views on life and ultimately saves his life. There is obviously more to this movie, but I don't want to give too much away.

flower.jpgAfter seeing this movie (and blowing my nose and wiping my face a thousand times), I sat for a second and thought about what I just saw. This movie seriously changed my life. I know you guys are thinking I'm being a little over-dramatic and maybe I am but it left me thinking about how I looked at life before and how I need to look at it now. There are days that seem like they will go on forever and the rain will never stop, but life goes on and the rain will eventually stop. I realized that you need to look at life as an adventure and to not dwindle on what has happened in the past.

"Have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you're still smiling." We fail all the time ... if some of you didn't know that, well now you do ... but it's from that failure that we find, and choose to follow, the path to success. Don't take this blog post as I'm preaching to you or trying to tell you that you're not allowed to be mad or upset about that crappy day.

All I'm saying is ... basically watch this movie, you won't regret it. Now I'm ready to start this next week with a smile and an eagerness to take on whatever life wants to throw my and don't worry I'll keep you posted!